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Ed Fest 2019 | Schedule is published!

26 Mar 2019


Join us to explore, celebrate, learn, debate and connect

We are delighted to announce that the schedule for the Festival of Education 2019 is now available to view. Here is a selection of topics you can expect to explore and discuss with our 20 international experts and speakers in Shanghai: Early Years, which explores the various options on offer for Early Years development strategies, including inquiry into the value of play, the importance of balance, and the need to develop the ‘whole child’ while at the same time appreciating the need to encourage an early ability to focus on assigned tasks. Wellbeing, which tackles the tough questions facing modern education, such as how a child can remain healthy and mentally balanced in environments where academic achievement is often measured in an unforgiving manner.  Also, what can schools do to ensure that success in examinations is not achieved at the expense of a child’s wellbeing, self-worth, and happiness? A Developing Romance, which looks at the complex and ever-evolving relationship between British and Chinese models of education. This involves an exploration of the many ways in which the two countries can come together, learn from each other, and perhaps create a ‘third-way’. Exploring Education, which assesses current educational issues that are not specifically covered by the festival’s other strands, including topics such as psychology, the built-environment of learning, the value of assessments, and the effects of technology. Multilingualism, which considers the benefits and disadvantages of bi- and multilingual schooling and seeks to understand their effects on children. Be inspired by the impressive line-up of speakers; get involved with the many presentations, workshops and activities; and connect with other educationalists, teachers, pupils, and parents.

Download the 2019 Schedule


Sarah Bilodeau – Drama therapist, ELG Dr Eveline Goodman - PhD. psychologist & PhD. neuroscience, EforP International Consulting GmbH Dr George Hu - Clinical psychologist, Section chief of mental health, Shanghai United Family Hospital Debra Kidd - Associate, Royal Society of Arts Prof. Dr Ferre Laevers - Director, Research Centre for Experiential Education Debbie Lee - Occupational therapist, ELG Hywel Roberts - Travelling teacher and author Dr Shari Rosen - Founder and speech-language pathologist, ELG Ruby Wax - Writer, performer and mental health campaigner Dr Helen Wright - International education advisor


Jim French - Director, DLR Group's Global K-12 Studio Biman Najika Liyanage - Technology researcher, innovator and entrepreneur, Yi-Qi data lab Prof. Jian-Wei Pan - Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences and Vice President, University of Science and Technology of China Colin Wray - EAL teacher, Wellington College International Shanghai Patricia Zayan - Old Wellingtonian Xiaoli Zhao - Chinese teacher, Wellington College International Shanghai


Dr Emmanuel Bonin - Deputy Head of School, Shanghai American School Chithra Kathiresan - Speech-language therapist Tia Luker - Year 5 teacher and IPC coordinator, Wellington College International Shanghai Ian Marchant - English writer, broadcaster and performer Jeremy Newton - Vice principal and director of advancement, Guildhall School of Music and Drama Alice Stott - Director of learning and development, Voice 21 Dr Terry Qian - Independent scholar / consultant Ian Warwick - Senior director, London Gifted & Talented


Prof. Sir Jonathan Bate - British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar Lenora Chu - American writer and journalist Bee Gilbert - Charity director, Anno's Africa Prof. Anwei Feng - Professor of language education, director of research and director of doctorate programmes, School of Education University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

Book your tickets now!

(All presentations are held in English unless stated otherwise.)

Registration for the Festival will open at 08:30 on both Friday and Saturday at Wellington College International Shanghai. There will be plenty to think about as the festival strives to enlighten, illuminate meaningful educational issues, and provoke thought about important issues in education today.